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Use of by-products in animal feed studied

Roughly half of the cattle and pig operations in a 12-state region either fed ethanol co-products or considered feeding them to their livestock last year, according to a report published today by the US Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) with the support and funding of the Nebraska Corn Board.

NASS contacted approximately 9,400 livestock operations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin to determine whether they used co-products - including distillers grains and corn gluten feed - in their feed rations in 2006. NASS collected information regarding the types and amounts of co-products fed, how the co-products were procured and used, and what concerns and barriers may have prevented operations from feeding co-products.

Type of by products
Of the various types of co-products available to operations for feeding, corn gluten feed was used by 46% of beef cow operations and 38% of cattle on feed operations, while distillers dried grains were used by 45% dairy cattle operations and 44% of pig operations Other co-products that the survey looked at included distillers dried grains with solubles, condensed distillers solubles, brewers grains and distillers wet grains.

Most dairy cattle, beef cattle and hog producers purchase them through feed companies or co-ops, while a majority of cattle on feed operations purchase them directly from ethanol and other processing plants.

Livestock operations that are not currently using ethanol co-products indicated that availability is the primary impediment. Infrastructure and handling issues are also a barrier as, to a lesser extent, is cost.

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